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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 15, 2006 5:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary revisited

I'm a psychologist. Former teacher, old music major,
and still a rabid keyboard player.
Yeah the book is great - priceless stories about Kesey,
Owsley and Leary. At times both unbelieveable (like CIA agents
dosing johns with LSD in a San Francisco whorehouse and watching them behind 2-way mirrors), and many times really funny. One of those you can't put down. This guy did his homework - even a personal interview with Leary, and it's the best book on the psychedelic movement I've ever seen.
have a good weekend,
The Dr.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Sep 17, 2006 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary revisited

There's a new biography of Leary just out, by Robert Greenfield. He's the journalist who compiled "Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia" ten years ago. I've only just begun it, but it appears to be both thorough and readable:

As for Leary's impact, much discussed above, the times certainly change (I'm nearly 54) but the truth doesn't; nor does the possiblitiy of insight and transcendence. The Dead are one of the most potent carriers of that truth for our time, and into the future. I suspect that "Ripple" will be read alongside Whitman and Dickinson in English classes 100 years from now, and that the legions as yet unborn will be forever changed by Dark Star and Eyes (you probably have your own favorite transcendental vehicles).

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 20, 2006 10:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary revisited

Dhamma, good post. However, i must respectfully disagree. As much as i appreciate the Dead's music and their lyrical and musical genius, their lyrics are just that ... lyrics. In other words, it is not, in my opinion, poetry. Poetry and lyrics subscribe to very different bodies of influence, and dare i say it, rules. It was always very amusing to me when younger when peers of mine would acclaim Jim Morrison's lyrics as somehow equal to established poetical works. However, as much as i may have felt moved by Morrison's compositions, they enlightened in a very different manner than say a work of poetry, by Rilke, Lawrence, Roethke, Pound, etc. By saying this i am not in any way diminishing the worth of the Garcia/Hunter songs, but just pointing out that lyrics are one thing, and poetry another. If you want to talk social impact, well, that's another story altogether. Cheers.

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2006-09-21 05:20:53